Centralia, Illinois
Lakes Parks & Recreation

Centralia, Illinois is blessed with beautiful parks and recreation areas. Since 1989 Centralia has been a designated Tree City USA, which offers a variety of beautiful trees.

If you like fishing, hiking, picnicking, golfing, swimming, and water sports, there are all sorts of recreation opportunities in tranquil and calm settings attracting all ages. Come visit Centralia!

Centralia's Foundation Park is a unique private park open to the public. This scenic 235 acre park is open year-round from dawn until 11 p.m. daily. There are miles of hiking trails, an exercise trail, an ice skating pond, and two fishing ponds both stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish. The park also sports a restored prairie, a Chapel in the Woods, the Hall Shelter, the Sentinel Shelter, The Bowl (an outdoor amphitheatre) , Moose Oven, and the Miner's Memorial. You can even play a round of Disc Golf. Reservations for group use of the Park is requested by contacting The Foundation. You won't want to miss this natural Southern Illinois beauty. The main entrance is located at McCord & Pleasant Streets. The main park road is closed through the winter months. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. There is no charge for using any of the parks facilities.

Raccoon Lake features over 20 miles of shoreline and 707 acres of water. Fishing is the primary recreation on this lake (bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish). You may even catch a fishing tournament on this lake. A boat ramp is located at the north end of Country Club Road.

Lake Centralia covers more than 400 acres. This lake is great for boating and water skiing. Pontoon boats, sailboats, and other boats 21 feet in length and under are allowed on this lake. There is also great fishing on this lake. A boat ramp is located on Waverunner Cove accessible from Green Street Road to Scout Road.

Boat license for lakes are issued through the City Clerk's Office, call (618) 533-7625, a current insurance policy number for liability and the Watercraft Registration Card with the number are required for issuance.

The Centralia Recreation Complex is a 60,000 square foot multi-sport facility located in historic downtown Centralia, Illinois. Built near the site of the former railroad depot, the Complex sports the look of an "old fashioned" train station from the front while housing some of the most modern equipment and facilities in the fitness industry today. Features of the Centralia Recreation Complex include an elevated walking and jogging track, an oversized gymnasium with two full courts and six adjustable goals, a fitness room with weight stations, treadmills, stair stepper, exercise bikes, and an elliptical machine. There is a 6 lane, 25 yard competition pool, a 130-foot waterslide, a 2,000 square foot heated family leisure pool, a raindrop fountain, a heated whirlpool spa an observation deck and poolside spectator seating. The Recreation Complex also has Locker Rooms, shower facilities, family change room, a full service conference center, and a youth activities room with video games, big screen TV and more.

Outstanding Golf: Swing into action at any of the terrific golf courses in the area.

Colonial Golf Course - U.S. 51, (North of Centralia) Sandoval, IL ,
Phone: (618) 247-3307 Public 18-hole Golf Course
Bermuda Fairways
Different tees for all levels of play
Sandwich shop
Greenview Golf Club - U.S. 51, (South of Centralia), 2801 Putter Ln.,
Centralia, IL Phone: (618) 532-7395
Owned, designed and operated by Tom & Irene Wargo. Tom Wargo is
a Seniors PGA member.
18-hole Golf Course
Pro shop
Restaurant - open 5 - 9 p.m.
Meadow Woods Country Club - Country Club Lane, Centralia, IL
Phone: (618) 532-8142
Beautiful setting overlooking Raccoon Lake
9-hole Golf Course
Pro shop
Open to the Public
              - - - Disc Golf - - -
Centralia Disc Club - Centralia's Foundation Park
Phone: (618) 780-2380
See Web Site for more information

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